Season 6 of the hit series Game of Thrones might be the most anticipated chapter of television in history. To further whet the appetites of its enormous fan base, Entertainment Weeklyrevealed a new photo of one of its key characters returning to the show. After a one-season hiatus, Bran Stark, played by Isaac Hempstead Wright, is back for the sixth season of Game of Thrones.
Last seen in the finale of Season 4 meeting with the powerful and magical Three-Eyed Raven, the Bran Stark character will reportedly have his biggest impact of the series. The majority of the rumor mill surrounding Game of Thrones has centered on the mortality of Jon Snow. The upcoming season’s poster features Snow, but in what capacity he’ll be portrayed rightfully remains a mystery. We know now, however, that one of his remaining half-siblings will return to HBO’s biggest series ever.
EW reports that not only will this be Bran Stark’s most important season to date, it will showcase his story in an Inception-like manner. Game of Thrones is an innovative series in its own right, but to borrow from the Christopher Nolan vehicle could make it more groundbreaking. Inception, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, is a sci-fi thriller that saw its lead character enter the dreams of others and steal secrets from their subconscious.
Further comparisons will be drawn from Star Wars when it comes to Stark’s development for the upcoming season. Much like Luke Skywalker advanced to a Jedi master from the end of The Empire Strikes Back to the beginning of Return of the Jedi, the audience will see Stark’s advancement thanks to the teachings of the Three-Eyed-Raven. That role, meanwhile, has been handed over to Max von Sydow, who narrated the Season 6 trailer. As has become the custom for the Game of Thrones actors, Isaac Hempstead Wright was tight-lipped about plot points when he spoke with EW but did shed some light on what to expect from Bran.
“Previously Bran’s seen tiny glimpses of future or past but never has he been very much in control in the situation. Now we’re given looks into very important events in the past, present and future of this world and Bran is beginning to piece them together like a detective, almost as if he’s watching the show. Equally, he’s now discovering how crucial he could be in the Great War.”
Wright was 12-years-old when he began working on Game of Thrones, with Bran portraying a 7-year-old. Now in the heart of his teenage years, Wright appears discernibly older in EW’s photo with a brand new haircut.
Game of Thrones, which recently broke the record for the most pirated show ever, has never shied away from controversial storylines, and Bran was no exception. Stark was pushed out of a tower window by Jaime Lannister after discovering his incestuous relationship with his sister, Cersei Lannister. Bran lost the use of his legs and has relied on the servant Hodor for mobility and his direwolf Summer for his prophetic visions.
Wright has been a part of four nominations while cast on Game of Thrones, three of which came for Best Ensemble category and the other for Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actor from the Young Artists Awards. The show, based on a series of books by George R.R. Martin, has won 135 awards and has received 265 nominations. Among its achievements include 26 Primetime Emmys, three Hugo Awards, and a Peabody Award. Season 6 is set to premiere in April of 2016, coming off a Season 5 finale that reeled in more than eight million viewers.
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